In Sumba, as in many parts of Indonesia, textiles represent one of the most significant art forms. The most fully developed textile tradition existed in the east of the island where textiles were made to fulfil ritual, ceremonial and everyday functions. One of the most distinctive Sumbanese cloths is the hinggi (man's shawl), a very large cloth decorated with bold designs in a warp ikat. Usually a pair is made; one is worn as a sarong, while the other is folded over the shoulder as a long scarf or used as a shawl.
Hinggi are distinguished by their bold figurative designs of frontally standing figures, ‘skull trees’, and other more enigmatic figurative motifs. This example is decorated with various motifs including a crayfish-like animal.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, July 2015
19th century-20th century
cotton, dyes; warp 'ikat' and supplementary warp weave
252.0 x 126.0 cm
Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010
Not on display